Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin are edging towards committing their future to Arsenal as the French duo are set to sign a contract extension at the Emirates. The striker's current deal will run down in 2018 and the midfielder still has two-and-a-half year left on his contract.
According to the French publication RMC Sport, Giroud will be handed a new one-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2019. The deal will see the 25-year-old commit his long-term future to the north London club, which will keep him at the Emirates until 2021.
The France international striker has struggled to get regular playing time in the 2016/17 season. He has not started in the Premier League this season and has nine substitute appearances to his name.
Arsene Wenger has preferred Alexis Sanchez to lead the Gunners' attack and Giroud has been forced to settle for a place on the bench. Lack of playing time saw the striker being linked away from his current employers.
However, the attacker's agent Michael Manuello has ruled out a move away from Arsenal in January. Giroud's desire to sign a new deal will come as a boost to both Wenger and the club as he has been a key player for the Emirates outfit in recent years.
Coquelin, on the other hand, has been a regular inclusion in his side's starting lineup and has 11 league starts to his name this season. His impressive display in the last few seasons will see him earn a new deal that will further extend his stay at the club by two years.
The agreement has been reached between all the parties as Giroud and Coquelin will sign contract extensions at Arsenal. The Daily Mail reports the midfielder is on a £40,000-a-week ($50611 per week) contract and the new deal will see his wages being doubled.
With Giroud and Coquelin close to agreeing a new deal, Wenger will turn his attention towards extending Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez's deals. Their current deals will expire at the end of the next season and are yet to commit their future to the club.